Monday, March 31


2008 has brought a lot of change to Greenwood, MS. In February, Stacey Ragland, owner of the legendary Cotton Row Club for almost 40 years and a patron for 60, sold his business on Ramcat Alley. While there's talk that the club may still exisit in some form, Ragland won't be at the helm, and there's no telling what the new owner has in store.

On March 1, Mattie Smith closed the doors of her namesake restaurant, Mattie's, on W. Market Street. Known for her friend chicken, turkey & dressing, and sweet potato souffle', Mattie's was the place to go for good old fashioned home cookin'. At 62, though, Mattie was already thinking about retiring. But after spending 46 years at the stove, serving customers, and making friends, she's already missing putting her apron on every morning.

Mattie's Restaurant and the Cotton Row Club are each featured as part of our Greenwood Restaurants oral history project, which was produced in 2003. We're sorry to see these places go, but we're certainly glad that we still have their stories.